Donovan Christmas Tree Farm in Corvallis, Oregon

Donovan Christmas Tree Farm in Corvallis, OregonOh my gosh, I’m so excited to finally share some more photos from my recent trip to Oregon with you! We had a memory card malfunction that was almost catastrophic, but things have been sorted out and I promise it was worth the wait.

For this trip, Holly and I really wanted to explore Oregon outside of Portland. We headed about 1.5 hours south of Portland to the Willamette Valley – also known as Oregon’s wine country. Our first stop was the lovely town of Corvallis, where we stayed on the amazing Donovan Place – on a Christmas tree farm!

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Fall Pasta with Pumpkin + Collared Greens (Vegan)

Fall Pasta with Pumpkin and Collared Greens Recipe

We picked up our Eatwell CSA (community supported agriculture) box last week and it was my first encounter with collared greens. I have to admit, I had to google them and also scour Pinterest for inspiration. Because I was training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, I knew I wanted some good carbs to get me ready for the race. I also had a CSA pumpkin to use and I haven’t quite bought into sweet pumpkin desserts yet this year (I know, pumpkin spice what?). For some reason, savory pumpkin dishes have been calling to me instead. So basically, thanks to the randomness of Google, the inspiration of Pinterest, my training carb needs and the fabulous local and season veggies from our CSA box, this fall pasta with pumpkin and collared greens was born. What can I say…it was a group effort?… Read More »

Nike Women’s Half Marathon + Jawbone UP24 Update

Nike Women's Half Marathon + Jawbone UP 24 Update

Here’s my race report from running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco this weekend! I just couldn’t wait to get it up on the blog because it was definitely one of my favorite races I’ve ever done. As promised, I’m also going to share my thoughts on wearing the UP24 (thanks to my collaboration with Jawbone) and how it helped me get into marathon shape! I hope you enjoy this race report!… Read More »

Ladies’ Brunch + Roasted Sweet Potato and Chèvre Galette (Gluten Free)

Fall Sweet Potato Galette with Chevre and Pumpkin SeedsThis past weekend I had some galfriends over for a little brunch. I’ve been really busy lately because a bunch of projects at work have been pulling me a million different ways. Luckily, I was only responsible for the food because the lovely ladies of EsselleSF took care of all the decorations! I’ve followed EsselleSF on Instagram for ages, but finally had the chance to meet up with Sherry, one of the co-founders at an event a few weeks ago. I mentioned that I was planning a brunch and feeling overwhelmed and she was so excited about the idea of providing a tablescape for the day. It was amazing to have that responsibility off my plate and it meant I got to hang out with Sandy and Sherry, the lovely ladies behind EsselleSF…. Read More »

San Francisco Fashion Week, Part II

This is part II of my San Francisco Fashion Week recap! You can find Part I here.San Francisco Fashion Week + Jenny Cheng and Batsu MaruThis is the outfit I wore to participate in the Fashion Bloggers Connect panel as a part of San Francisco Fashion Week. It’s another gorgeous dress from local designer Jenny Cheng and I balanced the strong silhouette with delicate jewelry from San Francisco-line Batsu Maru.San Francisco Fashion Week + Jenny Cheng and Batsu Maru… Read More »

Fall Cape Action + Oregon Trip

Fall Style :: Wearing a CapeIf you follow me on Instagram, you know that I spent last weekend in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, also known as Oregon’s wine country. I was lucky enough to have the weekend off to meet up with one of my best girlfriends from Wisconsin, Holly. Pat jokes that Holly is the perfect friend for me – she likes to stay as busy as me with a million different hats. In addition to a full time job with a lot of travel with a software company, she’s a wedding photographer, bloggerand a professional cyclist…. Read More »